Casey and Cremen ready for deep end
Ireland will be represented by only two rowers, in the women's double scull, at the World Junior Championships, which get under way in Lithuania today.
But, with Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen having won a silver medal at the prestigious Munich Regatta earlier in the season, hopes are high that they might enjoy more success.
It would be a major step up the ladder for Casey, who is the daughter of Ireland coach Dominic.
The Skibbereen rower finished 12th at last year's championships with her former partner Emily Hegarty.
This year's crew sees a new partnership with Cremen, from Lee Rowing Club, which is also home to their coach Dan Buckley.
But with 27 other crews in the event the path to the podium will be far from easy.
Germany is traditionally a strong contender at the World Juniors, and their new combination of Maren Voelz and Nora Peuser looks strong on paper. Voelz was an A-finalist last year in the quad scull and was a gold medallist at the European Junior Championships in May 2016. ,
New Zealand also punches above its weight in rowing, and their crew features Sydney Robinson and her partner Veronica Wall, who finished just out of the medals in fourth at Rotterdam.
The Galve Lake course in Trakai is one of the most picturesque on the international circuit, with the natural lake overlooked by the 14th century Trakai Island Castle.
But the weather forecast is anything but peaceful, as crews have been warned about thunderstorms and heavy hail which is likely to interrupt the competition throughout the week.